Start Em ‘
All Raiders –
The Saints Defense managed to bottle up Michael Turner last week and he’s a lot better than Marcel Reece; so he is sitting for my teams but I could see a fantasy owner starting him and getting decent results. That’s more of a gut call than anything. Other than that, I am getting all of my Raiders out there including Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Meyers, Denarius Moore and Carson Palmer. I’m expecting a big game through the air as the Raiders try to keep up. They just might abandon the running game which is part of my reasoning for keeping Marcel Reece on the bench.
Reggie Bush –
Look I know he was benched last week and I am aware that his numbers have been declining over the past few weeks but I think this prime time Thursday nighter is when Reggie Bush reasserts himself. The Buffalo Bills are dead last against the run making this a very inviting matchup.
Felix Jones –
Feels kind of gross having Felix Jones in the “start em’ category but the Cleveland Browns defense is pretty bad against both the run and the pass. Felix Jones has been contributing on both ends lately and Demarco Murray should sit out at least one more game. Felix Jones has amassed 400 yards from scrimmage since week 6 on 85 touches. Not amazing production but he should prove serviceable. I have been burned before by Felix Jones but I think he is safe play this week for those in need of a running back.
Ryan Mathews –
He hasn’t looked good in the last few outings and this Broncos defense is rather stout against the run yielding just 98.3 yards per game opposing running backs. I think Peyton Manning comes out guns blazing in this one forcing the Chargers to play catch up. If you have any other viable options consider letting Mathews ride the pine in this one.
Matt Forte –
Second week in a row Matt Forte makes this list but once again, the match up warrants the recommendation. The 49ers are tough as nails and with Jay Cutler likely out this week those 49er’s linebackers will be able to focus most of their attention on Matt Forte. He has the skills to overcome the match up but he sure didn’t get it done against the Texans last week. Let him sit if you can afford to.
Torrey Smith & Joe Flacco –
Joe Flacco on the road is never good. Throw in a match up against the top ranked Pittsburgh pass defense and you have a recipe for disaster. I don’t feel good about starting any Baltimore Raven aside from Ray Rice. If you have no better options available to you put them in but temper expectations.
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What is wrong with the Law Firm?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has seen a significant dip in production over the last few weeks after such promising start. Week one saw the Law Firm rush for 91 yards and score against the previously vaunted Baltimore Raven’s defense. That is roughly 5 yards per carry. He followed that up with a decent game against browns where he rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries only 3.5 yards per carry, the arrow is point down at this point. In weeks 3, 4 and 5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis has rushed 52 times for an atrocious 2.5 yards per carry – unacceptable! This week he faces the Browns once again and in my mind this is his last chance to right the ship before I send him packing! Bernard Scott is officially on IR with a knee injury (what else is new?) so the law firm has no excuses against this 26th ranked run defense.
Who is Vick Ballard and can he be trusted?
Vick Ballard is a rookie running back from Mississippi State who has just inherited the Colts starting running back job from the injured Donald Brown. Vick Ballard actually had a nice little college career. In his junior and senior seasons Ballard rushed a combined 379 times for 2,157 yards and 29 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Don’t overlook the fact that Ballard played his college career in the highly competitive SEC. He did not do much in the passing game but let’s face it; the only Colt catching the ball is Reggie Wayne. This week, Ballard faces the Jets and their 31st ranked rushing defense. This a perfect chance for the young rookie to seize the starting job from the lackluster Donald Brown! He is a must add and a start-able fantasy football flex player in week 6. Do I trust him yet? of course not, but he has a chance to steal that starting gig which equates to fantasy football gold.
Which Cardinal’s Running back should I start?
Only the most desperate of fantasy football managers should be starting any Cardinals running back this week. The match up is just fine against the bills and their 30th ranking rushing defense but I don’t think the Cardinals really know who they want to start. LaRod Stephens Howling is the logical choice simple because he has been with the team the longest but let’s not forget how well William Powell played this preseason. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Powell winning the job outright. I just don’t think it will happen this week. The Arizona offensive line has been terrible and could not open any holes Beanie Wells or Ryan Williams so I would temper expectations regardless of who get the job. If you had to start one this week I would start William Powell. If he does well, sell high and be done with it.
How sweet it is to be the Packers number two wide receiver!
Remember last year when Jordy Nelson went nuts scoring 15 touchdowns? He always had Greg Jennings on the other side drawing the opposing defenses attention. This season, Jennings has been out for a few games with a groin injury and Jordy Nelson is getting all of the attention. As a result one James Jones has finally found his moment in the sun catching 4 touchdowns in the past two weeks! As long as Jennings is out James Jones will remain a viable flex option in all formats if not better. Get him on your team and into your lineup, but feel free to parlay him over to the Greg Jennings owner for the right price.
Looking for Depth? Try selling your quarterback!
This is usually a tough sell since most standard leagues are 10-12 teams making any top 15 quarterback start-able any given week. But let’s say you need running back depth and someone offers you something like Michael Turner and Joe Flacco for Tom Brady? If you need the depth its worth looking into and it is not often someone is actually looking to obtain a quarterback via trade. Joe Flacco has thus far passed for 1,450 yards to Tom Brady’s 1,456. Tom Brady has 8 passing touchdowns to Flacco’s 7. Not saying you should run out and a make a deal like that but if you need the depth, I don’t see why not.
Sell High, Buy Low?
Speaking of Michael Turner, The artist formerly known as “the burner” scored yet again last week – his 3rd of the year. I think it is very clear that his value has become touchdown dependent so he may have stinkers on the horizon. Looking a little closer at the numbers we will find that so far he has rushed for 324 yards on 73 carries. That would be 4.4 yards per carry which when combined with 3 touchdowns in this running back market we find ourselves with a top 15 running back. His offense is top notch and he will score, DO NOT SELL unless you get some kind of ridiculous offer, which you won’t.
What about Aaron Rodgers? I say buy low while you still can. Let’s remember how good he was last season and put some of these rough games behind us. If there is a disgruntled Aaron Rodgers owner in your league why not throw him an offer? He just might bite and you can pass your way to the playoffs!
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